This week we were very excited to announce that Walker Books have just been confirmed as the Children’s Book category sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 World Illustration Award!
We’re so proud to become partners with the prestigious WIA, an award presented by the Association of Illustrators and the Directory of Illustration that celebrates the most inspiring illustration throughout the world.
Deirdre McDermott, Picture Book Publisher and Creative Director of Walker Books, says:
“Walker Books has a reputation for discovering and nurturing the very best of illustration talent, and creating the finest visual storytelling experiences by publishing great picture books all round the world. We strive to build mutually rewarding relationships with artists without compromising either their creativity or their vision.
We are really proud to become partners with the prestigious World Illustration Awards, whose creative integrity matches our own. Walker are thrilled to collaborate with the WIA to become the children’s books category sponsor of the awards for the next two years, and we look forward to supporting and enhancing our shared vision internationally.”
Helen Renwick, Managing Director of the AOI says:
“The World Illustration Awards shine a light on the very best of global illustration, and there is no better partner to do that with than Walker Books, with their enviable history of inspirational and much loved books.”
In 2016 the WIA received over 2000 entries from 62 countries which are judged by an international panel of leading professionals.
The deadline of 6 February has been extended to midnight 20 February 2017 (UK time) to allow further entrants to submit work.
Award winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at Somerset House, the major arts and cultural center in the heart of London in August 2017. Selected works will be displayed in the Embankment Galleries, which welcomed over 12,000 visitors during August for the WIA2016 exhibition. Following this, the exhibition will go on tour to multiple venues across the UK.
For more information on how to enter, please visit: http://www.theaoi.com/awards/